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Danica Patrick Puts NASCAR on Notice That She’s Serious with Daytona 500 Pole

By winning the pole for the Daytona 500, Danica Patrick on Sunday gave new meaning to the phrase, "You go, girl!"

Never, in NASCAR's 65-year history, has a female driver won a pole position in a Sprint Cup race. To do so, for any race, would be a significant accomplishment in and of itself.

But to win the pole for NASCAR's marquee race, its so-called Super Bowl—nicknamed The Great American Race, no less—was an achievement that truly is historic any way you look at it.

And not just because Patrick is a female.

Rather, it's because she beat the best of NASCAR's best and became the fastest of the fastest on Sunday. In addition, Patrick hopefully opened some eyes and closed some mouths of critics who have...

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